Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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1. 35. Þórðr Kolbeinsson, Eiríksdrápa, 4 [Vol. 1, 494]

[8] hrauð ‘cleared’: The object of the verb is the ships, since þærflestar ‘most of which’ refers back to l. 4 skeiðar Dana ‘warships of the Danes’. Rauð ‘reddened (with blood)’, the reading of all the Hkr mss except J1ˣ, is also possible, though it normally takes a term for a weapon (usually a sword) as its object. Further, ms. ‘rauð’ for hrauð is common, and Jesch (2001a, 211) lists several other instances of hrjóða used in similar contexts, where ships are cleared of their men. The reading of the ÓT mss and J1ˣ is therefore clearly preferable.


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